A new set of hygiene guidelines for U.S. postal workers will help combat the spread of a deadly virus that is making the U.K. and Canada the top two countries for new cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC released the new guidelines Friday, saying the new guidance includes guidelines for handling contaminated mail and providing hygiene products, such as hand sanitizer.
The guidelines also require new post offices to offer more female hygiene services for all employees.
More than 200,000 U.N. officials have called on the U:P.
and Canadian governments to implement the new regulations as soon as possible.
“We have to be ready,” said Joanne Gartner, the WHO’s regional director for North America.
“I think we need to be fully prepared for what’s ahead.”
A spokesman for Canada’s health minister, Peter Kent, said the government is still reviewing the guidelines and is awaiting an update from the WHO.
The U.KS. has not responded to requests for comment.
The U.P. has seen more than 80 cases of coronavirus in its postal workforce, and officials there say the virus is still spreading among the postal service.
It has reported 2,979 new cases since Jan. 5.
Canada has seen a spike in cases in recent days, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the spread is being tackled in “urgent” ways.
The government is asking the public to report any suspicious activity or potential exposure at their postal addresses to the postal services.